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Masaryk Railway Station Central Business District

  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2016 – TBC
  • Penta
  • Design
  • 28,000m2

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has worked with local partners and the city of Prague to develop the design that regenerates a brownfield urban site adjacent to the city’s Masaryk Railway Station that has stood derelict for several decades, returning the site to active use.

The design establishes a new central business district that integrates the city’s transport networks including the suburban and domestic rail services at Masaryk Station and the coach/bus terminus. Masaryk station will also become the future city terminus for the new airport rail link to Prague’s Vaclav Havel International Airport.

The mixed-use development stitches together Prague’s Districts 1, 3 and 8, minimising the impact of the elevated Wilsonova Highway which separates them. The project’s unifying composition creates a sequence of buildings and interconnecting public spaces along Na Florenci Boulevard. A new public plaza is created adjacent to the railway station, providing a gateway to the city and linking with Namesti Republiky Station on Line B of the city’s metro network.

Approximately one kilometre from Prague’s central square, the design responds to the Old Town’s urbanism known as ‘the city of 100 spires’; establishing a dialogue with the city and anchoring the new public plaza at the station by dynamically transforming the project’s horizontal composition parallel with the railway lines to the vertical on the west façade facing the Old Town.

Designed as a series of buildings that vary in scale and composition to be compatible with the city’s existing urban fabric, the new central business district responds to the demands of the city’s growing service and IT sectors’ requirements for flexible Class A office accommodation. Equally, the project contributes to the exceptional public realm of Prague with the creation of a number of varied civic spaces including plazas at the station’s main entrance, midway along Na Florenci Boulevard, at the corner of the Na Florenci/Opletalova axis and at the coach/bus terminus in Prague District 8.

The design also offers the potential to further improve connectivity through the city with a new public space over the railway lines, creating a north/south connection between Na Florenci Boulevard linking Havlíčkova/Namesty Masarykovo, Na Florenci and Opletalova/Hybernská, as well as increasing accessibility to the platforms of Masaryk Railway Station below.

Architect

Zaha Hadid Architects

Design

Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Competition Directing Associate

DaeWha Kang

Competition Project Architect

Jakub Klaska

Competition Project Team

Michal Wojtkiewicz, Malgorzata Kowalczyk, Fernanda Mugnaini, Matthew Carapiet, Bogdan Zaha, Chenxi Gong, Maya Boustany, Jan Klaska, Brian Dale

Project Director (Concept Refinement - Schematic Design)

Jim Heverin

Directing Associate (Concept Refinement - Schematic Design)

Craig Kiner

Project Architects (Concept Refinement - Schematic Design)

Jakub Klaska, Sara Sheik Akbari

Project Team (Concept Refinement - Schematic Design)

Javier Rueda, Jan Klaska, Saman Dadgostar, Yifan Zhang, Moa Carlson, Juan Montiel, Carlos Parrada-Botero, Monika Bilska, Harry Spraiter, Ovidiu Mihutescu, Niran Buyukkoz, Nan Jiang, Horatiu Valcu

Project Director (Detailed Design)

Jim Heverin

Project Architects (Detailed Design)

Jakub Klaska, Victor Orive

Project Team (Detailed Design)

Harry Spraiter, Javier Rueda, Aiste Dzikaraite, Sven Torres, Muriel Boselli, Maria Touloupou, Thomas Bagnoli

Project Director (Construction Design)

Jim Heverin

Project Architect (Construction Design)

Jakub Klaska

Project Team (Construction Design)

Harry Spraiter, Aleksandra Mnich-Spraiter, Devansh Daisaria

Executive Architect

Jakub Cigler Associates